Governor Whitmer Signs Directive to Make Enforcement of COVID-19 Laws a Priority

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive Tuesday requiring state departments and agencies to make enforcement of COVID-19 related laws a priority.

Under the new order, directors and agency heads should assign elevated priority to enforcement of COVID-19-related laws in categories of establishments where transmission is well-documented, including but not limited to nursing homes, meat processing plants, and agricultural housing.

The executive directive states Michigan State Police must enforce violations of COVID-19 executive orders and epidemic orders in the same manner as it would enforce any other violation of law.

The directive also requires departments to consider violations of law when determining eligibility for licensing.

Additionally, if a state department or agency becomes aware of non-compliance under the law they must consider it to be presumptive evidence of a “public health hazard” or “imminent and substantial hazard to the public health” and take appropriate steps to mitigate any risk to public health and safety, including suspension of a license or cessation of operation of a food establishment.

To read the full executive order, click here.

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